Arithmetic Book collection (ca. 1761-1821)

Collection processed and finding aid created by Rob S. Cox 1998
Manuscripts Division, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan

Summary Information

Title: Arithmetic Book collection
Creator: William L. Clements Library
Inclusive dates: ca. 1761-1821
Extent: 9 volumes (0.5 linear feet)
The Arithmetic book collection includes a number of manuscript workbooks from the late colonial period through the 1820s that were used by students studying arithmetic and geometry.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
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Access and Use

Acquisition Information

1935, 1948, 1965, 1969, 1974, 1980. M-248, M-700, M-1347, M-1487, M-1677, M-1683, M-1898.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


No copyright restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Arithmetic Book Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arithmetic and geometry have been an integral part of the American school curriculum since the early colonial days. A necessary skill for occupations as diverse as merchants and merchant marines, arithmetical instruction was highly valued and highly structured, with the material manifestation being the "arithmetic book," the students' workbooks filled with notes and exercises.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Arithmetic book collection includes a small number of manuscript workbooks used by students studying arithmetic or geometry, ranging in age from the late colonial period through the 1820s.

Subject Terms

  • Arithmetic--Study and teaching.
  • Geometry--Study and teaching.
  • Mathematics--Study and teaching.
  • Avery, Jerusha.
  • Boyd, John.
  • Leclerc, Sebastien.
  • Ludwig, Jacob.
  • Ricketts, Palmer C.
  • Slocomb, Sally Eager.
  • Tomson, Andrew.
Genre Terms:
  • Workbooks.

Contents List (Request Materials)

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Container / Location Title
Box   1  
Arithmetic Books,  1761-1821 [series]
Avery, Jerusha. Commercial arithmetic book,  ca. 1787 (74 pp.)
Boyd, John. Arithmetic books,  c. 1761 (183 pp.)
Leclerc, Sebastien. Pratique de la géometrie,  1774 (205 pp.)
Ludwig, Jacob. Arithmetic book,  1807 (169 pp.)
Ricketts, Palmer C. Practical geometry books,  undated (3 volumes)
Slocomb, Sally Eager. Arithmetic book,  c. 1805 (34 pp.)
Tomson, Andrew. Arithmetic book,  1821 (24 pp.)